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World Cup 2018

  • World Cup final pitch intruder jailed for 15 days

    World Cup final pitch intruder jailed for 15 days

    A Moscow court on Monday handed down a 15-day jail sentence on one of four people who interrupted Sunday's World Cup final between France and Croatia when they ran onto the pitch wearing fake police uniforms. The judge also banned Veronika...

  • Watch: France World Cup victory parade set for Champs Elysees

    Watch: France World Cup victory parade set for Champs Elysees

    Crowds of joyful French fans gathered at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport on Monday to await the return of their World Cup winning football team, who will be honoured with a parade along the Champs Elysees and a special presidential...

  • The hits and misses from Russia 2018

    The hits and misses from Russia 2018

    The World Cup is over, with France claiming glory in the final at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. The tournament has seen plenty of goals, last-minute deciders and a string of big upsets. Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at five players which...

  • Sampaoli stands down as Argentina coach - AFA statement

    Sampaoli stands down as Argentina coach - AFA statement

    Jorge Sampaoli has left his position as Argentina coach after a disappointing World Cup in which the South Americans were eliminated in the last 16 by eventual champions France, the Argentine Football Association (AFA) said on Sunday. "The...

  • Watch: Who wants to see some Kylian flair?

    Watch: Who wants to see some Kylian flair?

    Kylian Mbappe has been one of stars of the World Cup, with four goals for France helping him land the young player of the tournament award. Here, Press Association Sport looks at some of the 19-year-old's most memorable moments in Russia. Winner...

  • France World Cup victory celebrated in Malta

    France World Cup victory celebrated in Malta

    Sunday's France World Cup victory over Croatia was also celebrated in Malta, as the photos in the slideshow above, taken by Mark Zammit Cordina show. The French, playing their third World Cup final, overwhelmed Croatia 4-2 to lift the trophy for...

  • Modric wins Golden Ball as World Cup's best player

    Modric wins Golden Ball as World Cup's best player

    Luka Modric was unable to guide Croatia to World Cup final glory but won the Golden Ball award after being voted the tournament's best player. The 32-year-old and his team-mates finished on the wrong end of a 4-2 scoreline at Moscow's Luzhniki...

  • Watch: France fans ecstatic after World Cup success

    Watch: France fans ecstatic after World Cup success

    A flurry of two-quick goals in the second half helped France to clinch its second World Cup title after defeating Croatia 4-2, in Moscow. Twenty years after winning their first world title, Didier Deschamps, member of the 1998 squad himself, saw...

  • Pride and tears for Croatians after World Cup final loss

    Pride and tears for Croatians after World Cup final loss

    After watching their soccer team lose 4-2 to France in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday, some Croatians wept with sadness while others felt pride that their tiny nation had gone so far in the tournament. When the final whistle blew fans who...

  • Watch: France fans go wild from Paris to Moscow after World Cup win

    Watch: France fans go wild from Paris to Moscow after World Cup win

    Millions of French soccer fans were delirious with joy on Sunday as France beat Croatia 4-2 to win soccer's World Cup in a pulsating final in Moscow that sparked ecstatic scenes from Paris to Marseille and beyond. In Paris, where 90,000 people...

  • Watch: France overpower Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup

    Watch: France overpower Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup

    France overwhelmed Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium on Sunday to lift the trophy for the second time in 20 years. The French, playing their third World Cup final, were made to sweat initially and were lucky to go...

  • Watch: Russia hands over World Cup hosting duties to Qatar

    Watch: Russia hands over World Cup hosting duties to Qatar

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday handed over the mantle of World Cup host to the emir of Qatar, whose country will stage the 2022 edition of the tournament. At a Kremlin ceremony, Putin handed an official World Cup soccer ball to Gianni...

  • Buyan the bear predicts Croatia as World Cup winners

    Buyan the bear predicts Croatia as World Cup winners

    Buyan, a brown bear kept in a Siberian zoo, has predicted that Croatia will defeat France in Sunday's World Cup final. Two halves of water melon were laid on in Buyan's enclosure in the Royev Ruchey zoo in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. One...

  • World Cup 2018: The tournament's best 11

    World Cup 2018: The tournament's best 11

    On the eve of Sunday's World Cup final between France and Croatia, Reuters Sports writers have chosen their team of the tournament: Hugo Lloris (France) * Understated and underrated for both club and country, goalkeeper Lloris's skills finally...

  • Fit-again Croatia ready for seismic World Cup final, says coach Dalic

    Fit-again Croatia ready for seismic World Cup final, says coach Dalic

    Croatia have no major injury concerns going into Sunday's World Cup final despite having played three 120-minute matches and are looking forward to a seismic event for the small Balkan nation, coach Zlatko Dalic said on Saturday. The Croatians...

  • France "in a bubble" to play the perfect World Cup final - Lloris

    France "in a bubble" to play the perfect World Cup final - Lloris

    France have shut out all the euphoria back home over their run to the World Cup final in order to play a perfect match against Croatia on Sunday, France captain Hugo Lloris said. The goalkeeper said the team were not being swept up by the wave of...

  • Watch: World Cup third place ensures legacy for Belgian football says Martinez

    Watch: World Cup third place ensures legacy for Belgian football says Martinez

    A third place finish at the World Cup on Saturday leaves a strong legacy for Belgian football, coach Roberto Martinez said, as he declared the tournament a success for his team. "We set a real milestone and it is exactly what these players...

  • Croatia making it to the World Cup final is a miracle, says UEFA chief

    Croatia making it to the World Cup final is a miracle, says UEFA chief

    Croatia's march to the World Cup final is nothing short of a miracle and reflects the efforts of European soccer's governing body to develop the sport across the continent, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said on Saturday. With a population of...

  • World Cup 2018: England fall to Belgium in third-place playoff

    World Cup 2018: England fall to Belgium in third-place playoff

    Updated 7.10pm Belgium beat England 2-0 in the World Cup third-place playoff on Saturday to secure their best ever finish at a World Cup and send Gareth Southgate's side home with a second straight loss. A fourth-minute goal from Thomas Meunier...

  • From nightclub bouncer to World Cup final referee

    From nightclub bouncer to World Cup final referee

    Argentine Nestor Pitana's roundabout route to becoming a World Cup final referee has taken in work as a film extra and as a security guard at a disco as well as a spell playing basketball at regional level. The 43-year-old from the small...